20Th Century Women
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Released By: Lionsgate Films
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann
Run Time: 118 Minutes
“Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea (Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Zumann), at a time brimming with cultural change. When Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women — Abbie (Gerwig), a punk artist boarding in Fields’s home; and Julie (Elle Fanning), savvy teenage neighbor. Along with William (Crudup), a bohemian handyman who rooms in Dorothea’s house, they form a makeshift family forms that inspires them for the rest of their lives. ”
20Th Century Women takes place in 1979, and revolves around the character Dorothea. Dorothea is a woman in her mid 50’s, who’s trying to raise her son in a time of “cultural change”. As a single mother, she struggles to find the proper way to educate and advise her son throughout the most important time of his life. Asking for help from the people that are close to her, Dorothea does more damage than not, as each surrounding person have completely different personalities, opinions, and views on life. Although the story mainly revolves around her, in many ways 20Th Century Women is a coming of age story for each person involved in the film. As each character tries to figure out who they are and where they belong in the world, they form a tight family like bond which helps each of them grow. 20Th Century Women is a beloved film for many but came up short for me. With an almost 2 Hour Run Time, the story had a lot of potential, with good aspects and decent character development but in the end never really seemed to go anywhere. I did however find enjoyment in the cast, their performances, the score, and the cinematography. Since the film takes place in the late 1970’s, it’s important for it to capture the feel of the time period, and that’s one of the things that it did well. Overall, even though there were entertaining aspects to the film, there just weren’t enough to keep me interested for the full 2 Hours. Not all films have to end with a resolve but in my opinion, it would’ve helped a lot in this case. I’d recommend checking this film out if you enjoy period pieces and/or coming of age stories. Just don’t expect it to have a big finish.
Picture & Audio Quality:
The Picture Quality on this Bluray was good but not too memorable. The visuals were nice, and you can see the crisp details on the outfits or in the surrounding environments but there weren’t any moments that truly stuck out to me. The same goes for the Audio Quality. Not that it wasn’t good but the only moments that I really noticed were when there was loud music playing. Not that there’s anything to complain about from either side but there’s nothing to brag about either.
Although this Bluray does not include many Special Features, the ones available are really good. We get an Audio Commentary with the Writer/Director which always gives an inside look at their thoughts on the film. We also get “Making 20Th Century Women” which shows us all the ins and outs at what went into the process of the making the film, and a behind the scenes look. Finally we get “20Th Century Cast” which gives us a closer look at the cast members and the characters they play. Each of these made me appreciate the film a bit more. All of the Special Features will be listed below.
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Mike Mills
“Making 20th Century Women” Featurette
“20th Century Cast” Featurette
6.8 Out Of 10 Stars